City of Madison Flood Information


Last updated:

09/04/2018 – 1:11pm
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Heavy rains have created flood conditions in the City of Madison. Check this page for updates on road closures, City services, and flood cleanup.

Rising lake levels are causing flooding in the isthmus that may continue for one to two weeks. Roads will be flooded and personal property is at risk.

Flood Maps Recommendations for Isthmus Area Get Sandbag Help

Road Closures Bike Path Closures Ride Metro Parking Parks Closures Volunteering & Donations Flood Cleanup

Road Closures

Street Closures
Lane Closures
Suggested Routes

Major Streets

E Johnson St

East Johnson Street is closed in both directions between North Baldwin Street and Fordem Avenue. View closure on map .

Traffic is detoured to East Washington Ave via North Baldwin Street and North First Street. Inbound (southbound) traffic on Fordem Ave can turn east on Johnson St. Severe travel delays are expected during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

Metro Transit routes 2, 5, 10, 27, and 28 are detouring from East Johnson Street.

E Washington Ave

Update 09/04/2018 11:55 am: East Washington Avenue has all lanes open.

First St

Update 09/04/2018 11:55 am:

North First Street has all lanes open between East Washington Avenue and East Johnson Street.

Packers Avenue is open. The inbound closure at Aberg Avenue was due to the detour for the closure of North First Street.

Minor Streets

E Main St

Update 08/27/2018 8:30 am: E Main St is closed from the Yahara River to Northern Court. View closure on map .

Livingston St & Mifflin St

Update 09/02/2018 5:50 pm:

North Livingston Street is closed between East Washington Avenue and East Dayton Street. South Livingston St is closed south of E Washington Ave due to construction. View closure on map .

Mifflin St is closed between Blount St and Paterson St. View closure on map .

Marston Ave

Marston Ave is closed between E Johnson St and Sherman Ave. View closure on map .

N Brearly St

Update 08/26/2018 10:34 am: N Brearly St is open between E Washington Ave and Mifflin St.

W Main St & Brittingham Pl

Update 08/27/2018 1:00 pm:

W Main St is closed to through traffic between Proudfit St and Brittingham Pl.

Brittingham Pl is closed to through traffic between Proudfit St and W Main St.

View closure on map .

Bike Path Closures

Update 09/01/2018 9:45 am
View current bike path conditions .*

  • Update 09/01/2018 7:00 am: The Capital City Trail is open where it passes the Monona Terrace between Broom Street and Blair Street. We have placed sandbags and are using pumps to keep the path open. The area may experience flooding during intense rainstorms.
  • The bike trail along the Yahara River from Sherman Avenue to Williamson Street has standing water at the underpasses and in low areas. This path is closed until further notice.
  • Wingra Creek Bike Path is closed from John Nolen Drive to West Olin Avenue due to standing water at the underpasses.
  • Law Park may have flooding in low areas of the paths.

As the river and lake levels change over the next few weeks, paths near water bodies will periodically be underwater.
Please exercise caution and do not ride or walk through flood waters.

* Current bike path conditions is an open map curated by local bicyclists. Information may not be complete.


Update 08/31/2018 at 11:15am

Williamson St.

Parking is not allowed on Williamson St. until September 7. All lanes on Williamson St will be used for traffic to help with congestion.

East Washington Ave.

Parking is allowed on East Washington Ave. from Blair St. to Baldwin St.

Street Maintenance Parking Restrictions

Weekly street maintenance parking restrictions between Blair St and the Yahara River are suspended until further notice.

Free Overnight Parking in City Garages

Free overnight parking in all City-owned parking garages continues through Friday, September 7 at all City-owned parking garages. Late night pay resumes the evening of Saturday, September 8. While Flood Emergency Parking is in effect, there is no fee to park in cashiered sections of City-owned parking garages from 9:00 pm – 7:00 am.

Vehicles parked before 9:00 pm or after 7:00 am will be charged the hourly rate for the additional time parked.

Resident Short-Term Permits

Residents in impacted areas can also buy a short-term (1-2 week) permit to park in a City parking garage during flood conditions in the isthmus. The passes provide guaranteed availability, unlimited 24/7 access, and a significant discount from the hourly rate. Permits cost $7.00 per day. You can choose the dates you would like the permit to be valid, and choose one of these parking locations: Government East Garage, State Street Capitol Garage, Capitol Square North Garage, Overture Center Garage, and State Street Campus Garage.

You can also park for longer than the 48-hour time limit in City parking garages.

The City will relax the Residential Parking Permit (RP3) parking enforcement for RP3 permit holders during the flood emergency.

Contact the Parking Utility main office at (608) 266-4761 for more information. Offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Eligible Areas

Residents who live at an address located on a street and block listed below are eligible to purchase a short-term 24/7 permit.

Williamson St – Both Sides
(Jenifer to Thornton)
8/23 – 8/31
N. Baldwin St – Southbound Lane
(E. Mifflin to E. Washington)
8/23 – 8/31
N. Dickinson St – Both Sides
(E. Johnson to E. Washington)
8/23 – 8/31
North St – Southbound Lane
(E. Dayton to E. Washington)
8/23 – 8/31
E. Washington Ave – Intersections
(Blount to Baldwin)
8/23 – 8/31

Metro Transit

Return to Regular Fares

Update 08/28/2018 9:00 am Metro Transit has returned to regular fares as of Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Service Disruptions

Routes 2, 5, 10, 27, & 28 detour from E. Johnson St., near Tenney Park.

Call (608) 266-4466 for additional details.

Flood Cleanup & Property Protection

Stay Safe

Do not walk or drive through floodwater.

  • Do not touch floodwaters, as they may carry contaminants.
  • Floodwaters can have extremely strong currents.
  • Do not drive in floodwater. Currents can move cars, and water may carry electricity from downed power lines.

Drinking Water Safety

The drinking water in Madison is safe. So far, Water Utility operations have not been affected by flooding. We continuously monitor water at every well to ensure its safety. We also test water at various points in the distribution system.

View drinking water updates.

Protect Your Property

Property Cleanup

Reporting Damages

Volunteering & Donations

Volunteer for Sandbagging

To volunteer with flood relief efforts, you can sign up to volunteer with the Red Cross .

You can donate money or goods to Goodwill, Second Harvest Food Bank, and St. Vincent DePaul.

Get Help From Volunteers

Need help sandbagging? Request help from volunteers.

Park Closures

As of Sept. 4, 2018, the following are closed:

  • All beaches
  • Tenney Park shelter, lagoon area

To report an issue, please email or call (608) 266-4711.

Boat Launches

As of Friday, August 31, 2018, City of Madison boat launches are open. Boaters must exercise caution while accessing piers, as flooding has resulted in water over abutments. Flood debris will also be present at all launches. Boaters must abide by all other restrictions currently in place. Slow no wake restrictions  continue.


As of Sept. 4, 2018, all beaches are closed due to heavy rainfall and the likelihood of elevated bacteria levels.

Golf Courses

On Sept. 4, 2018, Yahara is closed. Odana Hills has the front 9 open, back 9 closed. Glenway, and Monona are open for carts.